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Publication numberUS1194018 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 8, 1916
Filing dateMar 18, 1916
Publication numberUS 1194018 A, US 1194018A, US-A-1194018, US1194018 A, US1194018A
InventorsVittts Hartlvter
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for decoys
US 1194018 A
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F.-V. HARTNER. SOUNUING DEVICE FOR DECOYS. APPLICATION FILED MAR. 18.19161 1 1 94,0 1 8 Patented Aug. 8, 1916.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Aug. 8, 1916.

Application filed March 18, 1916. Serial No. 85,146.

To all whomz't may concern Be it known that I, FRED V. HARTNER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Toledo, in the county of Lucas and State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Sounding Devices for Decoys, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings. v

This invention relates to certain improvements in sounding devices for decoys, and it is an object of the invention to provide a novel and improved device of this general character wherein the sound is under electrical control.

The invention consists in the details of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts of my improved decoy whereby certain important advantages are attained and the device is rendered simpler, less expensive and otherwise more convenient and advantageous for use, all as will be hereinafter more fully set forth.

The novel features of the invention will hereinafter be definitely claimed.

In order that my invention may be the better understood, I will now proceed to describe the same with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein- Figure 1 is an elevational view of a somewhat diagrammatic nature illustrating a decoy constructed in accordance with an embodiment of my invention; Fig. 2 is a fragmentary sectional view taken through the back of the decoy proper and illustrating the removable closure; Fig. 3 is a view in plan of the removable closure or cover; Fig. 4 is an enlarged detail view partly in section and partly in elevation of the sounder or caller as herein embodied; Fig. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary view in perspective of a detail of the sounder or caller; and Fig. 6 is a detail view of the reed herein employed.

As disclosed in the accompanying draw-' ings, B denotes the body of my improved decoy and herein disclosed in simulation of a wild duck, and produced in the upper portion of the body B is the recess 1 of predetermined dimensions and, adapted to be closed by the sliding cover 2. The cover 2 is provided with an opening 3 permanently covered by cloth fabric, as indicated at 4, said fabric being of a predetermined color.

Depending from the body B is a wire 5 of requisite gage having its outer extremity weighted, as indicated at 6, whereby said wire 5 and weight 6 serve as a stabilizer for the decoy when floating.

F denotes the frame of my improved sounding device as employed in connection with the decoy and is suitably anchored within the recess 1. Supported by the frame F are the magnets M with which coact in a conventional manner the vibrator V. It is to be particularly noted that the extremities of the core C of the magnets M which coact with the vibrator V are covered with paper caps 7 which serve as cushions and thereby deadening the blows of the vibrator V.

R denotes a reed preferably formed of German silver and twisted longitudinally to afford a slight buckle whereby the flexing of the reed It is retarded and thereby materioally increasing the sound created by the ree One end of the reed R extends through the loop member 8 carried by the frame F, while the opposite end of the reed R overlies the free end portion of the vibrator V. The loop 8 has threaded therethrough a set screw 9 adapted to coact with the adjacent end portion of the reed R whereby said reed may be conveniently tuned. The further tuning of the reed R is facilitated by the tension screw 10 which coacts in a conventional manner with the vibrator V. It is preferred that the inner end of the reed R be positioned between the outer end of the vibrator V and the spring S which coacts with the vibrator in a well known manner.

In electrical connection with the magnets M are the conductors a which lead from a suitable source of electrical energy as indicated at E, and which are adapted to be extended a predetermined distance away from the decoy when in applied position and preferably to a blind as generally employed by hunters, and interposed within said conductors a is the circuit closer 11 including a push button 12, whereby it will be perceived that my improved sounding device may be readily and conveniently operated when it is desired to call. The conductors a are also adapted to serve as a means whereby the decoy may be conveniently anchored and as herein disclosed, the conductors a at a predetermined point are looped, as indicated at 14:, to afford means whereby an anchoring weight 15 may be engaged with the conductors a.

From the foregoing description, it is thought to be obvious that a sounding device for decoys constructed in accordance with my invention is of an extremely simple and comparatively inexpensive nature and is particularly well adapted for use by reason of the convenience and facility with which it may be assembled, and it will also be obvious that my invention is susceptible of some change and modification without material departure from the principles and spirit thereof and for this reason I do not wish to be understood as limiting myself to the precise arrangement and formation of the several parts herein shown in carrying out my invention in practice except as. defined by the appended claim.

Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents.

I claim:

A sounding device including a magnet in connection with a suitable source of electrical energy, a vibrator coacting therewith, a loop supported independently of the vibrator, a reed having one end portion disposed through the loop and its opposite end portion overlying the vibrator a set screw adjustable through the loop and coacting with the reed, and a set screw operatively supported relative to the vibrator and coacting with the reed, said set screws affording means whereby the pitch of the reed may be varied.

In testimony whereof I hereunto affix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.





Washington, D. G.

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U.S. Classification340/384.1, 43/3
Cooperative ClassificationG08B3/10